Saturday, November 7, 2009
Gourment Food Trucks on Abbot Kinney Blvd: Passing Fad or Future Trend?
Driving home through Venice on Abbot Kinney Blvd I noticed yet another gourmet food truck in the parking lot at The Brig. As these trucks are usually out at night, I decided to pull over, check this one out.
This is "Nom Nom Truck". Thanks to twitter, you can follow where they are, when they'll be in your neighborhood.
Bánh Mi - the big item on their menu - is a Vietnamese baguette sandwich. OK, I had no idea what Bánh Mi was until I looked it up on the Internet. But it sounds yummy.
Nom Nom specializes in Vietnamese food, including something called a Vietnamese Taco.
I've had a good experience with a gourmet food truck previously, but already had dinner. On another night I might have tried something.
A block later on the same street I came across Fish Lips Sushi.
No tacos here: Fish Lips Sushi specializes in - surprise - sushi.
These two trucks were a block apart on the same street.
Are they a passing fad, or a peek into the future?
Los Angeles is known for setting trends that influence the rest of the country and the much of the world. Ten years from now, will cities like Omaha, Nebraska and Little Rock, Arkansas have similar gourmet food trucks, or is this a passing fad ... just another "L.A. thing?"
As a follower of Christ, I think there is something to be said about living in a city that sets trends that influence the rest of the world. I've met numerous Christians who've intentionally moved to Los Angeles for that very reason: wanting to make their faith real in a city whose impact spans the globe. Those who've moved here have found it challenging, and by that I mean on a practical day to day basis. Sure, you can twitter the location of a gourmet food truck, but good luck finding a Target or a Walmart.
2500 years ago the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah reminded the people of God to "seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you ...[pray] for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."
True anywhere - especially in a city like Los Angeles.